Fresh fruit needn’t be boring: chocolate apples and oranges

Terry's chocolate orange

Have you ever eaten a Terry’s Chocolate Orange?

My husband said he and his brother and sister used to get one every Christmas. It was, and remains to this day, a traditional stocking filler in his family.

When I was a kid, they used to be sold in Singapore too but I have to be honest and say that I never really liked them, and still don’t. I generally don’t like fruity flavours in chocolate but I do love fresh fruit with chocolate, especially pears. However, the idea of chocolate and oranges just never really appealed to me.

So imagine my surprise when, in Barcelona last week, one of the canapes that we were served at our corporate stand turned out to be fresh orange segments coated in dark chocolate. I LOVED them! Which led me to devour at least four of them in a row but that’s a whole different story we won’t get into right now as I’m not ready to confess how many more I ate after the first four, LOL!

Anyway, I knew this was something that I wanted to try and make as soon as I got home because my husband and I love clementines! We normally each eat at least 2-3 clementines or satsumas after dinner almost every day, or whenever we can get hold of them.

As soon as we finished our dinner on Saturday night, I went straight to the storeroom cupboard and started to make the chocolate sauce. We had just bought a new box of clementines and I had a crunchy apple that needed using up. Sadly, we didn’t have any pears because that would have been my first choice.

Clementine segments and apples dipped in chocolate.

Our apple slices dipped in chocolate were amazing but sadly, my home-made chocolate oranges were a tad disappointing through no fault of my own. These clementines we had just weren’t sweet enough and weren’t strong enough in flavour to cut through the taste of the chocolate. As my husband wisely pointed out, the ones I ate in Barcelona were probably made with clementines grown in Spain, and citrus fruits alway have more sweetness and taste in the Med because they have the right weather for growing them.

Chocolate covered clementines and a fresh, crunchy apple half dipped in the orangey chocolate sauce.

Though this batch of chocolate oranges didn’t turn out as nice as I wanted them to, I am still happy with my chocolate sauce though. I even put some Grand Marnier in my sauce to try and ramp up the orangey flavour. In future, all I sill need is some decent fruit to do justice to the sauce.

I haven’t published a ‘fresh fruit needn’t be boring post’ in quite a while, so I’m pleased I made these anyway. I’ll definitely be making them again and trying them out with other types of fruit. Enjoy!

To make your own chocolate covered fresh fruit, all you need is some greaseproof/baking parchment, fresh fruit of your choice and toothpicks help. Once you’ve dipped or coated your fruit in the chocolate sauce, they’ll need to set in the fridge for about 2 hours before you serve them cold.

Easy way to get some fruit into my diet 🙂

Chocolate sauce (enough to coat 1 clementine (peeled with as much of the pith removed as possible) & 1 cored/sliced apple)

Approx 100 grams 70% chocolate

1 tablespoon grand marnier liquer (or cointreau)

1 teaspoon soft brown sugar

30 grams of butter

Using a bowl set over simmering water, melt your chocolate before adding the sugar, butter and grand marnier. Stir until the sugar’s all dissolved and take the chocolate off the heat. Dip your fruit into the chocolate sauce and place on greaseproof paper. Set in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Lots of love

thebigfatnoodle

Chocolate oranges and apples.

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12 Responses to “Fresh fruit needn’t be boring: chocolate apples and oranges”
  1. ChgoJohn says:

    I must confess I’ve never tried orange or any citrus in chocolate before. I love both but never considered combining them. On the other hand, apples and pears with chocolate are my kind of treat. No matter the fruit, I’m definitely going to try your chocolate sauce, especially with strawberry season approaching fast.

  2. The kids had a good time with your pics! (ok, me too! LOL!)

  3. The Terry’s chocolate orange segments have always intrigued me. Your chocolate covered oranges look good!

  4. billpeeler says:

    Love Terry’s chocolate oranges! And I’m a BIG fan of fruit (and anything else for that matter) dipped in chocolate. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  5. k.m. says:

    I love chocolate oranges! Maybe in addition to adding the Grand Marnier you could sprinkle in a bit of clementine zest into the chocolate/on top after drenching the slices in chocolate? That might pump up the citrusy taste. I definitely want to try this!

  6. I have, of course – they are yummy :D. Covering actual orange in chocolate is a great idea though :D. I just hope the next batch of fruit is better! Perhaps try a segment first.

    • I did try one and it was fine but after being dipped in the chocolate, i realised it was nice but simply not nice enough to cut through the same way the oranges I had in Spain did. Such a shame though. Anyway, strawberry seasons approaching so that’ll be next 🙂

  7. i just realized something.. you know how people pair up cheeses and wines when they want to do something sophisticated? I’ve actually paired up various kinds of plain chocolates with fruits.. I’ve tried dark chocolate and mango, raspberries, even some strange Asian fruit once.. but my favorite so far has been peaches. I’m not sure WHY I haven’t tried oranges!! What was I (not) thinking!?

    Awesome post!

    Edwin

  8. mayihavethatrecipe says:

    Ah, the citrus is Spain! Simply delicious. I grew up in Barcelona and now live in the US nothing can compare to the produce in Spain specially when you have a fruit and vegetable garden in the family. The simple things we miss… Love the chocolate covered fresh fruit, it’s great to go beyond strawberries.

  9. Your chocolate-covered clementines are beautiful anyway.

  10. Wow! that is an amazing idea!
    I have never had oranges dipped in chocolate. Dates,dried fruit, candied orange peel, yes. Orange segments No.
    That needs to change really soon!

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